West Texas Teardrops: Incident In Odessa
Ed. Note: This past weekend, Houston alternative/screamo rockers The Last Place You Look opened for Unwritten Law in Lubbock, Odessa, and Austin, and invited Rocks Off's Matthew Keever along. Here is Part 1.
Rocks Off didn't expect much while on tour.
The Last Place You Look on Facebook The Last Place You Look's Justin Nava at Emo's in Austin
We were prepared to sleep in a van; to go the entire weekend without a shower; to pee, defecate and eat at gas stations when we had time. But it didn't work out quite like that. In fact, we ended up more pampered on the road than we are in our own homes.
Friday night was spent with a high school friend and bandmate of drummer Mikey Garcia's. He took us into his home after hanging out with us at the show (and at the after party), and his wife even cooked us all breakfast in the morning.
We couldn't have asked for anything more... even though vocalist and songwriter Justin Nava ate all the biscuits, leaving none for us.
After introducing us to their pet snake Priscilla, who refused to give any of us kisses, we all went our separate ways. They went to work, and we began the (relatively) short drive to Odessa.
Having never been to Odessa, we weren't sure what to expect. And we still aren't sure if the bar/venue/restaurant that played host to the show was a good representation of the city. It was a hodgepodge of distinctly different buildings - some looked like barns, others corrals, and there was even a bull pen of sorts.
Remember when you were young, and your parents bought you that complicated Lego set? You tried to assemble without reading the instructions, only to come up with something so unsightly that only its creator, you, could love it.
That's what this place looked like - as if it had been cobbled together without much foresight, only for its creator to say, "It works, doesn't it?"
In its own way, it was actually somewhat charming.